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Parole Board Recommends Commuting Execution

screen shot of title page of clemency request

Gov. John Kasich’s parole board is recommending that he call off next month’s execution of an inmate convicted of killing a woman in a robbery in Toledo in 1986. The board came to their decision based on the questionable actions of the prosecution.

In a split vote of 6-4, the state parole board is recommending that 52- year old William Montgomery’s death sentence be changed to life without parole for the murder of Debra Ogle. He’s also serving a life sentence for the murder of her roommate Cynthia Tincher.

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Montgomery’s attorneys argued that important evidence was kept from the jury in the original trial.

Kevin Werner with Ohioans to Stop Executions says the role of a juror is already a weighty responsibility.

“But what compounds that is when you don’t play by the rules when you don’t turn over all the evidence that you’re supposed to then the foundation of the conviction is weakened," Werner says.

The board members who voted against clemency said the withheld evidence did not qualify as clearly unjust.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.